(OWENSBORO, Ky.) – The longest road trip of the season started with a W as Walsh defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 69-59 in the first meeting ever between the two schools. The Cavaliers (8-5, 5-2) have now won three-straight, while the Panthers (6-6, 2-6) have dropped their last two.
Holly Grober stole the show as she could barely miss on the night in leading with a game-high 18 points. She was 8-of-11 from the field with seven rebounds. Perhaps none were more important than the defensive rebound she pulled down with 3:41 to go in the third quarter. With Walsh down one, Grober then made a 3-pointer on her only attempt of the night to give Walsh a 45-43 lead. The Cavs never trailed again.
It was Walsh's first lead of the night and gave the Cavs the momentum after trailing early to the Panthers. Walsh was down eight early in the first quarter and was able to come back and tie the game, but couldn't get in front until Grober's 3-pointer.
Kentucky Wesleyan was able to stick around and was within a single possession of tying the game for most of the final quarter. A pair of Grober buckets, both layups, ended that stretch late in the fourth quarter to make the score 63-56.
Alex Hochstedler had a superb all-around game as recorded game-bests with eight rebounds and seven assists to go with her 10 points. Allison Butler had one of her best games of the season off the bench as she scored 13 points with three 3-pointers to help the attack.
The Panthers were led by Keelie Lamb with 16 points and was 7-of-12 from the floor.
The Cavs now head to Trevecca in Nashville for the second time this season, but it will be the first time they square off with the Trojans in program history. Tip-off from Music City USA is set for 3 p.m. eastern time.